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  1. Apologies. Three different DV visits cut into my internet time this week. I did a quick search for centerline thrust and only saw the previous post. Tried to post something quick before my wife kicked me off the computer to go mow the lawn. Epic fail. I submit myself for disciplinary actions.
  2. For anyone not on TPN, looks like a new FAA memo will help with centerline thrust restriction. https://www.scribd.com/document/385329095/FAA-Centerline-Thrust-Restriction-Removal-Changes
  3. True, but there is no guarantee that you won't get hit with a 180 or 365 anyway. Always a game of chess.
  4. The AF has paid for my ATP and PhD. I'm in for 20 (5 more years). I haven't decided if I will stay past 20, but I won't accept an ADSC past 20 years. I will have less than 3 years when it's time to move again. I wouldn't mind a requal, but I have other career options post-AF and won't accept the ADSC.
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    I stayed. I am two years late to rate, finished my 96 gate month, so flight pay is good until a month after I hit 20 years even if I don't fly again. I got released to get my PhD in applied physics right around the time they reduced the crew ratio in the C-17. Became bonus eligible 5 months after I graduated with my degree, so the 5 yr PhD ADSC is running concurrently with my bonus ADSC. I have 2.5 years left on my teaching payback tour. Then only on more assignment between me an retirement. I'm preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best. I miss flying, but as long as it's treated as an additional duty (especially for FGOs), I'm not interested in returning.
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    Gun Talk

    Citibank has made the news with some new anti 2nd amendment policies. They also currently provide the Government Travel Card (GTC) which military members are forced to sign up for and used for all official travel. Now that Citibank made policy based on political ideology, how long before a service member challenges the GTC requirement of the JTR that supports of a private company with a political agenda contrary to their own. Would this be a first amendment issue? (not interested in the lame tired excuse of "you don't have rights in the military") Paraphrasing AFI1-1 sec 2.13 "Under our democratic system, the military, as a group, must remain politically neutral and divorced from partisan politics" Does continued support of a company that is clearly no longer politically neutral affect the neutrality of the military?
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    I'm assuming the mission required an augmented crew, meaning 3 pilots for up to a 24 hr flight duty period (C-17 world). I believe the original intent was to have 2 ACs and one FP (first pilot), but there isn't enough ACs. Solution was to allow an experience FP serve as the augmenting pilot with Sq/CC approval. Anyone with an ounce of integrity wouldn't allow a 200 hr pilot to serve as an augmenting FP. edit: typos corrected
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    I believe it, but there is a lot to unpack. First I would assume 17 hours/month doesn't include msn planning. My info is 5 yrs old now, but in the C-17 world we would msn plan a training local the day prior. A random route low level through through Alaska, with a tanker rendezvous, plus assault landing and pattern work could easily take 5+ hours to plan and brief for a 5 hour sortie. Airdrop and formation even more time. No experience with fighters, but I would guess they take just as long to plan for sortie that is less than 2 hours. Back of the napkin math would mean that heavies are working 35-40 hours per month on flying stuff and fighters up 80 hours. In the dream world of a 40 hour work week (160 hours/month) that mean heavies spend 75% of their time doing non-pilot stuff, fighters are 50/50. Next problem. I hate averages, primarily because Wing Kings have used it to beat the sqdns claiming we were are not over worked. Problem is there are too many pilot the schedulers can't touch. Rotating exec desk at the sq/gp/wg takes up 2-4 pilots, Wg FSO, ADOs, schedulers, just off the top of my head. When some logs ZERO hours than brings down the average fast. Give me the entire stats, Mean, Median, and Standard Deviation. I would bet it shows a small group of pilots are carrying a disproportionate load of the flying hours. Take everything with a grain of salt. I've been flying a desk for almost 5 years.
  9. Dogs-N-Guns

    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    With these numbers and forecasts I'm surprised stop-loss hasn't happened already.
  10. Dogs-N-Guns

    USAF Gulfstream V info

    Also interested. Voluntarily flying a desk since Fall 2013. Former C-17 IP. At least one assignment after this one before I hit 20. Never flew a white jet. Interested C-37 (MacDill) and C-40 (Scott).
  11. Two categories, Long (>5 years) and Short. There are roughly and equal number of both for the FY17 contracts, but those numbers combined are dwarfed by the early-signers. With less than 70 days in FY17, it doesn't appear that the new bonus had any effect, unless people are just waiting for the last minute.
  12. They moved where they post the numbers, but you can still look them up with a CAC. It looks to be a little worse than last year, but the numbers are padded with the early-signers. Since there is no early option for FY17, the real effects probably won't be seen until FY18.
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    More Uniform Changes!

    Are the OCP/2-piece flights suit approved by AETC? I have a few from my MC-12 days and would like to put them back in the rotation. Is the OCP boonie hat authorized in CONUS?
  14. Wouldn't the lack of any bonus ADSC on your SURF send the same message? If you have a 1-2 yr PCS ADSC might as well take the money.
  15. Looks like the AF Res and ANG programs are on mypers, just search "aviation bonus program". Short version, choose 1-3 year initial contract at $30K/yr. Still waiting on the AD program specifics.
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